Tie Guan Yin Black Tea

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Tie Guan Yin Black Tea

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Tie Guan Yin originated from Anxi County, China. The tea master, Zhang Nai Miao, the first generation of the Zhang family, first brought the Tie Guan Yin tea strain to Taiwan to be grown in the Mucha area in the 1890’s. Since then, the Tie Guan Yin strain has spread to other areas of Taiwan.

As the first son of a famous tea master’s family, Mr. Zhang continues the heritage of his family. He has been involved in the tea-making process from a very early age. He has learned all of the knowledge he needed to make Tie Guan Yin Tea.

The farmer’s Tie Guan Yin Tea is only made in spring and winter. Intense heat and humidity in summer and fall makes tea flavors bitter and astringent. However, the condition is perfect for making Black Tea. Due to the high demand of Traditional Tie Guan Yin, Mr. Zhang began to develop the Tie Guan Yin Black Tea based on his 50-years of Tie Guan Yin Tea experience.

To keep the merits of the Tie Guan Yin tea strain, Mr. Zhang only picked the finest tips, and made only a small amount at a time. The Tie Guan Yin Black Tea combines the velvet savory texture of Black Tea with the unique floral charm of Traditional Tie Guan Yin tea. When brewed, this handcrafted tea has a reddish brown, jujube-like color with a rich, full-bodied sweetness.


  • Style of Tea: Tie Guan Yin Black Tea (Iron Goddess of Mercy Black Tea)
  • Harvest Date: September, 2014
  • Oxidation Level: Heavy
  • Roasting Level: Heavy
  • Location: Mucha, Wenshan District, Taipei City
  • Picking Style: Hand Picked
  • Cultivar: Tie Guan Yin
  • Farm Elevation: 300-350 meters

Brewing Guidelines

  • Water Temperature: 203-212 F degrees / 95-100 C degrees
  • Steep Time: 1st/50 seconds, 2nd/50 seconds, 3rd/70 seconds, adding 20 seconds for subsequent infusions
  • Suggested Serving Size: 4 grams / 180 ml water
  • The same tea leaves can be steeped 6-7 times.
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I walked in thinking this was going to be strong, roasty floral black like other Taiwanese blacks but ended up with a complex light tasting tea that breaks what you think is a black or oolong.

From Oolong Owl